Definition of persistent
1 : existing for a long or longer than usual time or continuously: such asa : retained beyond the usual period a persistent leafb : continuing without change in function or structure persistent gillsc : effective in the open for an appreciable time usually through slow volatilizing mustard gas is persistentd : degraded only slowly by the environment persistent pesticidese : remaining infective for a relatively long time in a vector after an initial period of incubation persistent viruses
2a : continuing or inclined to persist in a courseb : continuing to exist despite interference or treatment a persistent cough has been in a persistent vegetative state for two years
Examples of persistent in a Sentence
Contrary to persistent myth, Hoover was an activist. —Steve Forbes, Forbes, 30 June 2008
The high-water mark of such truckling might be the publication of the Cato Institute report “America's Record Trade Deficit: A Symbol of Strength.” Freedom had become slavery; persistent deficits had become economic power. —Eric Janszen, Harper's, February 2008
The silence started from your end just about the time you said good-bye to dear St. Elizabeth and it has been constant and persistent ever since. —Archibald Macleish, letter, 11 July 1959
We were nagged by a persistent salesman.
He is one of the government's most persistent critics.
She has been persistent in pursuing the job.
He has been fighting a persistent cold.
Flooding has been a persistent problem in the area this year.
Persistent rumors that the business is for sale have alarmed the staff.
Recent Examples of persistent from the Web
But, the Bond producers have been persistent nonetheless, and, according to a new report from the Mirror, Craig has changed his mind!
The rain proved persistent, though, but the free camp's presenters had a Plan B: The camp moved to Trojan Hall at Daphne High School for an autograph session.
Ventrello held off a persistent challenge from Chris Cooling, who slipped to third on the final lap behind Brandon Clubb.
Especially because this one takes the ever-popular yet ever-persistent unicorn food trend to another sugary level.
As a journalist, Martha was persistent, fair and thorough.
Some of the symptoms include persistent coughing, sneezing, fever and decreased appetite.
The lab’s criticality safety shortcomings have been so persistent that NNSA in August 2015 threatened to fine Los Alamos’ managing contractors more than a half-million dollars for failing to correct them.
Hyperbaric treatment, increasingly given to diabetics — many of them elderly with persistent wounds — involves breathing pure oxygen inside a pressurized air chamber typically for two hours each weekday, often for more than a month.
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PERSISTENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of persistent for English Language Learners
: continuing to do something or to try to do something even though it is difficult or other people want you to stop
: continuing beyond the usual, expected, or normal time : not stopping or going away
PERSISTENT Defined for Kids
Definition of persistent for Students
: continuing to act or exist longer than usual a persistent cold
Medical Definition of persistent
1: existing or continuing for a long time: asa: effective in the open for an appreciable time usually through slow volatilizing mustard gas is persistentb: degraded only slowly by the environment persistent pesticidesc: remaining infective for a relatively long time in a vector after an initial period of incubation persistent viruses
2: continuing to exist despite interference or treatment a persistent cough has been in a persistent vegetative state for two years
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